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8-09-2011 @ 10:28AM
When I hear "Mists of…" in a fantasy-adventure context, I don't picture someone standing around in the mist. I picture things *emerging* from the mist. Whether that be exotic new allies, unexplored wonders, or Impossibly Tall Creatures with nasty, sharp, pointy teeth (and tentacles -- lots of tentacles), it sounds intriguing to me.What if the Pandaren haven't been just hiding out on their island. What if they've been protecting the rest of us from… *something* for all these centuries? Perhaps our pseudo-ursine friends have appointed themselves guardians over a presence deep beneath Pandaria, a presence that whispers enticing evils into the minds of the island's inhabitants. Only extreme, some might say "monastic", discipline -- and the liberal use of strong ale -- protects the Pandaren from the corruption of what lies below…
8-09-2011 @ 10:38AM
Giant pandas, the one the Pandaren are based on, are indeed part of the Ursidae family, making them true Ursines. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panda
8-09-2011 @ 10:52AM
@AudreyR, that Wiki article says that the classification of the Giant Panda has been under debate, and that "molecular studies suggest that the giant panda is a true bear and part of the Ursidae family". That's far from conclusive.
8-09-2011 @ 11:15AM
Right. It was largely contested starting in the mid-nineteenth century going forward. However, starting roughly 35 years ago, genetic information shows that they do fall into the Ursidae family.
8-09-2011 @ 11:22AM
@AudreyR, that may be true, I wouldn't know. But the article you linked to doesn't present state that conclusively, IMO, and doesn't site conclusive evidence. And Wikipedia is a notoriously unreliable source. You might want to point us to another site, is all I'm trying to say.
8-09-2011 @ 11:25AM
I spent time perusing the links used as references. That's what I most often use wikipedia for, anyway. A launchpad for research, not the full research itself.
8-09-2011 @ 11:40AM
@ AudreyR,Here you go, another link.http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/PandaFacts/default.cfm
8-09-2011 @ 11:45AM
THanks! Now, I wonder which site was guilty of the plagarism. Probably wiki. x)
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